Winona State wins after court-storming tech
• WINONA STATE 60, SIOUX FALLS 59: A buzzer-beating three apparently beat the buzzer by so much that it cost Sioux Falls a victory.
After the Cougars' Taylor Varsho hit a long three-pointer as time appeared to expire, students swarmed the court to celebrate what they thought was a dramatic one-point victory over the NSIC-leading Warriors. But after a lengthy review, officials ruled that 0.4 seconds remained and called a technical foul on the Sioux Falls bench for the court storming.
Winona State's Alexis Foley, an 89 percent free-throw shooter from White Bear Lake, hit both free throws to give the Warriors (15-1, 8-1 NSIC) the stunning victory over the Cougars (12-3, 6-3).
With 4.9 seconds left, Foley missed one of two free throws that would have put the Warriors up by three. Instead, trailing by two, Sioux Falls called timeout to advance the ball beyond half-court. Varsho ended up with the ball and hit a three from about 27 feet. The clock showed time expired, and fans spilled on to the floor.
When the referees reviewed the shot, though, they determined time hadn't expired and called the technical. Winona State simply ran out the final 0.4 seconds after Foley's two technical free throws.
Former Northwestern, Duke coach Foster dead
Bill Foster, the coach who led Duke to the 1978 NCAA championship game and later coached at Northwestern, died Thursday night in Chicago. He was 86.
"He was one of the greatest human beings I've been around," said Northwestern assistant coach Patrick Baldwin, who played for the Wildcats under Foster.
In six years at Duke, Foster brought in future NBA players Gene Banks, Mike Gminski and Jim Spanarkel. The Blue Devils advanced to the 1978 Final Four but lost in the final to Kentucky. Foster resigned in 1980 and was succeeded by Mike Krzyzewski.
"His legacy will not only be the significant basketball contributions he made, but the millions of smiles he helped create along the way," Krzyzewski said.
Foster's success at Duke eluded him at Northwestern. From 1986 to 1993, his Wildcats compiled a Big Ten record of 13-113 and finished last six times.
Foster also coached at Rutgers, Utah and South Carolina, with 20-win seasons at each stop. He later served as chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame from 1996 to '98.
• North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he expects injured big man Kennedy Meeks to play for the first time in four weeks on Saturday, when the No. 6 Tar Heels visit Syracuse. The 6-foot-9 Meeks has been sitting out because of a bone bruise in his left knee. Syracuse will have coach Jim Boeheim back after he served a nine-game NCAA suspension.